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HughShows Blog has featured thousands of original live band photos and has conducted over 1000 musician interviews (including Brian Wilson, Mavis Staples, and Bruce Hornsby) since starting. With the original ‘First/Last’ questionnaire, you get a sense of where the musician has come from and where they are going with their artistic expression.

First/Last-Relationships

Relationships tries to take the classic clichés in ‘emo’ and ‘twinkly emo’ and twist them around in various ways to make something people already love into something people are going to really love. They use the term ‘dwingly’ more as a joke than anything, but its purpose is also to represent their molding of ‘twinkly emo’ into something that they can call their own…

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First/Last-Miss Tess & the Talkbacks

When you decide to go into the studio,” reflects Miss Tess from her home in New York City, “the timing has to be just right.” In fact, uncanny timing informs and enhances nearly everything Tess does, from her disarming, behind-the-beat vocal phrasing to her solid yet gently swinging rhythm guitar…

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First/Last-The Duskwhales

The Duskwhales began in January 2010, comprised of school friends Seth Flynn, Chris Baker, Brian Majewksi, and Austin Mee. The band, hailing from Northern Virginia, started out playing cover songs mostly from groups like The Cure, The Pixies, Nirvana, and The Strokes. After about a year of refining their sound and getting some really solid original material together, The Duskwhales started breaking into the local music scene, playing at cafes, clubs, and band battles…

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First/Last- ‘The Essentials’ Ambrosia Parsley

After most of a decade hiding since her 4th and final Shivaree LP, Ambrosia Parsley returns with I miss you. I do. The 5-song EP provides a glimpse of her coming solo debut, Weeping Cherry, due later this year. Nearly titled Four Funerals and a Wedding, Parsley explains that the record is warmly inhabited by “a bunch of beautiful ghosts and two young lives at their freshest.” Also, check out Ambrosia in the soundtrack for Oscar contender Silver Linings Playbook…

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First/Last-Sera Cahoone

Sera Cahoone is a long way from home. Growing up the daughter of a dynamite salesman in the Colorado foothills, she got her start on the drums at 11, and at 12 her mom was taking her to dive bars to sit in with the scruffy old bluesmen. By the time she picked up a guitar, she had been so shaped by these things – the dynamite,..

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First/Last-Western Pennsylvania

Western Pennsylvania’s Born Again Blues is the passion project of pop veteran Jeff Betten and novelist Joseph Ripple. Stripped down to the regional sounds of day and night, the album is country music: homespun and handmade with unobtrusive hints of pedal steel guitar, banjo, reed organ, cello, fiddle, and piano…

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First/Last-David Wax Museum

When future music historians look back at the strong currents circulating between the Americas in the 21st century, they will find Los Lobos, Calexico, and a charismatic, lanky Missourian singing tight harmony with a Southern belle rattling the jawbone of a donkey. David Wax and Suz Slezak form the artistic core of the David Wax Museum, and together with multi-instrumentalist Greg Glassman, fuse traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock to create a Mexo-Americana aesthetic….

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First/Last-Arlo Aldo

“Arlo Aldo is the new music project by Kadman creator, David Manchester. Teaming up with Ariel Nieland on vocals and keys and Brandon Forbes on drums, the group brings a unique and gorgeous twist on modern American alt-folk. The mellow, intimate songwriting for which David is known mix with lilting harmonies, finger-picked guitar, subtle percussion and cathedral-like organ to provide a music experience somewhere in the nexus of Low, Dirty Three & Jason Molina.”…

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First/Last-The Weber Brothers

1980-83: Ryan and Sam Weber born in Baltimore, MD. 1992: Sam receives a guitar for Christmas, Ryan gets a bass soon after. 1992-2000: The brothers play in various local bands in and around their hometown of Westminster, MD: A.W.O.L., Illegal Aliens, and Northern Lights. Sam playing in bars by the age of fifteen, often before having to get up for school the next day. 2001: On a whim, Ryan emails rock-a-billy legend Ronnie Hawkins. Hawkins responds and they send him a demo tape…

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First/Last-The Lopez

If there’s one thing that’s for sure about music from The Lopez, it’s the fact that your kindergarten teacher would absolutely loathe it. Frontwoman Stephenwolf and everything-else-guy Jesse, collectively The Lopez, have failed to retain any notion of “inside voices” from their elementary school days, a move that seems to have worked out in everyone but Mrs. D’Amato’s favor…

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First/Last-Ellis Paul

Ellis Paul is a critically-acclaimed singer, songwriter, poet, and troubadour originally hailing from a potato farming family in northern Maine. He is the recipient of thirteen Boston Music Awards, second only to multi-platinum act, Aerosmith

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First/Last-White Like Fire

White Like Fire released their new Lies EP and video on January 29th. They have shared the stage with national acts such as All Time Low, and their fans enjoy their energy, volume, and when they light stuff on fire…

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First/Last-Blaudzun

Blaudzun is the alias of Dutch singer-songwriter Johannes Sigmond, who has been working on his own behalf since 2007. In January 2012 Blaudzun released Heavy Flowers (V2 Benelux) his most dynamic LP to date, in which his remarkable voice, haunting melodies and dramatic string arrangements coincides with a love for folk and art rock…

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First/Last-Hot Water Music

Hot Water Music is a Gainesville, Florida punk outfit known for Chuck Ragan and Chris Wollard’s raspy vocals, as well as their searing Jawbreaker-esque guitars on earlier albums. The act first formed in 1993, and their first record, Finding the Rhythms,
was released on No Idea and Toy Box records. Many fans commonly refer
to Hot Water Music as the abbreviation, HWM. The name Hot Water Music
comes from a Charles Bukowski book…

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First/Last-Ramona Falls

“Ramona Falls is the musical brainchild of Brent Knopf. Brent, a Portland Oregon native, was also one-third of the band Menomena from 2000-2011. Like most of us, Brent Knopf watches a lot of YouTube videos, only he’s not watching kittens playing piano. Rather, his tastes err on the more experimental side of things—like people who attempt perpetual motion machines using magnets…

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Favorite Albums of All-Time # 41-60

In deciding to compile this list, I tried to be as honest as possible in that I found myself several times resisting the urge to include albums or musicians that I ‘thought’ I should have on my list but don’t necessarily listen to all that much. For example, there’s a reason I don’t have any jazz on here…

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First/Last-Akrasia

“Akrasia is a rock & roll band that jams like a jam band but likes to take showers. They are slackers with guitars and computers riding the vibe of the muse through the …

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First/Last-Caleb Pogyor

“To whom it may concern: I was under the impression that the world would have ceased to exist by this date. Gosh! Now that I can see it is still here, it is incumbent on me to write you concerning my interest in having you listen to Caleb …

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First/Last-The Williams Band

“The Williams Band hail from Pittsburgh, Pa. Forming in April of 2011, the band quickly built a strong following with packed shows at Thunderbird Cafe and not long after…

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First/Last-Before You

  • Before You
  • The Smiling Moose
  • Friday, January 25, 2013
  • Southside

“Before You is an American pop punk band comprised of Philip Arena, Bret Pusateri, Jason Capela, and Jed Dixon. Based in Pittsburgh, the band is built with musicians who …

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  1. Brooke Intro / Go / Middle of the Mess Brooke Annibale Live at Eide's May 2014 9:25
  2. Under Streetlights / Yours and Mine Brooke Annibale Live at Eide's May 2014 8:15
  3. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds / Decide Brooke Annibale Live at Eide's May 2014 8:13
  4. You Don't Know Brooke Annibale Live at Eide's May 2014 7:21
  5. Tragically Beautiful / Bullseye Brooke Annibale Live at Eide's May 2014 9:25
  6. HughShows YEAH Break Meeting of Important People 0:06
  7. Maybe Tessa Twyman 2:25
  8. The Pittsburg Boogie by Craig Hodgkins - Featuring Chloe Hodgkins - Lead Guitar 3:12